ITU Hall of Fame Inductee

Carol Montgomery

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Carol Montgomery
Canada
Reasons for Nomination
  • Olympics: participated in Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004
  • Other Major Games: Commonwealth Games, Manchester 1990, Gold medal, Pan American Games Winnipeg 1999, bronze medal
  • World Championships: Silver in Perth 2000 and Orlando in 1990, Bronze in Cleveland in 1996
  • World Cups: 15 gold medals
Biography

Carol Montgomery (born August 24, 1965) is a two-time Olympian from Canada who competed in both triathlon and athletics at the Games. She won a bronze medal in triathlon at the 1999 Pan American Games in Winnipeg, and a bronze and a silver in athletics at the 1995 Mar del Plata Pan American Games in the 5000m and 10000m respectively. She was the ITU World Duathlon Champion in 1993 and claimed Commonwealth Gold in the 2002 Manchester Games (which she has often referred to as the highlight race of her career).

She attended Simon Fraser University in the mid 80’s where she honed her running capabilities before embarking on her triathlon career.

Montgomery competed in the first Olympic triathlon at the 2000 Sydney Olympics as one of the favorites, but did not finish the competition due to a crash on the bike leg. She had also been selected to compete for Canada in the 10,000 metres on the track during the same Olympics, but had to withdraw due to injury sustained in the crash. Four years later, at the 2004 Olympics Games in Athens, Montgomery did finish the race with a time of 2:15:25.62 earning 35th place.

The Canadian is one of triathlon’s greatest female athletes, third on the all-time women’s World Cup winners list with 15 and one of the fastest runners in the history of the sport. She’s also one of the only few athletes to qualify for two different Olympic events in the same Games. She retired from the sport in 2004.

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